An article, or piece, of virtu, an object of art or antiquity; a curiosity, such as those found in museums or private collections.

I had thoughts, in my chambers to place it in view,
To be shown to my friends as a piece of virtù.

(Vir"tu*al) a. [Cf. F. virtuel. See Virtue.]

1. Having the power of acting or of invisible efficacy without the agency of the material or sensible part; potential; energizing.

Heat and cold have a virtual transition, without communication of substance.

Every kind that lives,
Fomented by his virtual power, and warmed.

2. Being in essence or effect, not in fact; as, the virtual presence of a man in his agent or substitute.

A thing has a virtual existence when it has all the conditions necessary to its actual existence.

To mask by slight differences in the manners a virtual identity in the substance.
De Quincey.

Principle of virtual velocities(Mech.), the law that when several forces are in equilibrium, the algebraic sum of their virtual moments is equal to zero.Virtual focus(Opt.), the point from which rays, having

(Vir"i*dite) n. [L. viridis green.] (Min.) A greenish chloritic mineral common in certain igneous rocks, as diabase, as a result of alternation.

(Vi*rid"i*ty) n. [L. viriditas, fr. viridis green: cf. F. viridité. See Verdant.]

1. Greenness; verdure; the color of grass and foliage.

2. Freshness; soundness. [Obs.] Evelyn.

(Vir"id*ness) n. Viridity; greenness.

(Vi"rile) a. [L. virilis, fr. vir a man; akin to AS. wer: cf. F. viril. See Werewolf, World, and cf. Decemvir, Virago, Virtue.] Having the nature, properties, or qualities, of an adult man; characteristic of developed manhood; hence, masterful; forceful; specifically, capable of begetting; — opposed to womanly, feminine, and puerile; as, virile age, virile power, virile organs.

(Vi*ril"i*ty) n. [L. virilitas: cf. F. virilité.] The quality or state of being virile; developed manhood; manliness; specif., the power of procreation; as, exhaustion. "Virility of visage." Holland.

(Vi*rip"o*tent) a. [L. vir man + potens fit for.] Developed in manhood; hence, able to beget; marriageable. [Obs.]

Being not of ripe years, not viripotent.

(Vir*mil"ion) n. See Vermilion. [R.]

(Vi*role") n. [F., a ferrule. See Ferrule.] (Her.) A ring surrounding a bugle or hunting horn.

(Vi*roled") a. (Her.) Furnished with a virole or viroles; — said of a horn or a bugle when the rings are of different tincture from the rest of the horn.

(Vi*rose") a. [L. virosus. See Virus.] Having a nauseous odor; fetid; poisonous. [R.]

(Vir*tu") n. [It. virtù virtue, excellence, from L. virtus. See Virtue.] A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities. J. Spence.

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